Currently I am translating a kendo book from Japanese. While I understand the general meaning, I was having trouble translating this sentence:


What does kochira ni totte mean in this context?

  • What is your best translation? – ajsmart Apr 16 '18 at 15:51
  • For this way, it can be thought to be beneficial (good) if your maai (distance) gets closer, while for the opponent's maai gets farther. That's the closest I got. – MKT Apr 16 '18 at 15:55
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    Can you double-check your transcription? In particular, is it possible there's something missing before 考えていい? – user1478 Apr 16 '18 at 15:56
  • Yes. I should've put that. Thank you for reminding me. Here is the full sentence: 写真のように相手が重心を後ろに下げたことが確認できたら、こちらにとって、近い間合い、相手にとって遠い間合いになっている考えていい – MKT Apr 16 '18 at 15:59
  • Snailboat's question was prompted by a grammatical error -- ...になっている考えていい is not grammatical Japanese. At the bare minimum, there should be a particle between いる and 考えて. – Eiríkr Útlendi Apr 16 '18 at 17:28

Your sentence needs と like 遠い間合いになっていると考えていい.

こちらにとって means 自分(自分達)にとって. However it implies "you" in this context because the author must write this sentence for the readers. I translate it as "You may think that it is close distance for you and far distance for your opponent".

  • It's 「と」. My apologies. The book is a bit worn, so that part was missing. Thank you for the explanation. – MKT Apr 16 '18 at 18:07

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